Between 1984 and the mid-90s, the MADE TO MEASURE composer series has presented some of the most fascinating instrumental music around.

Made To Measure could be described as the aural equivalent of a collection of art books. 35 albums came out, by artists such as Hector Zazou, John Lurie (with his soundtracks for Jim Jarmusch's "Stranger Than Paradise" and "Down By Law"), Fred Frith, Arto Lindsay, Zelwer, Steven Brown, Peter Principle, David Cunningham, Benjamin Lew, Daniel Schell, Aksak Maboul, Minimal Compact and more.

The loose idea behind the title of the series was: this is music which had been or could have been made to measure for other media (film, theatre, dance, video), as explained in these notes taken from the Crammed Global Soundclash boxed set:

The rationale behind the MTM series was to release music which had been or could have been written as illustration for films, theatre plays, choreographies etc. What happened is that some of these records ended up being used in these ways after they had been recorded. MTM was more like a kind of “composers’ series”, and a lot of the music could have been described as “music for imaginary films”, a tag which was used later on by lots of people... Anyway, the sleeve notes of each of the early MTM volumes had a line which was supposed to explain what the music had been recorded for... this was a kind of game: when there was a pre-existing “commission” it was straightforward enough (“Made To Measure for xxx, a film by yyy”)... but when there wasn’t, we would come up with these absurd descriptions. The “Made Against Measure” line in Peter Principle’s first album, for example, referred to the fact that Peter tried to get electronic drum machines to rebel against the tyranny of metronomic tempo, and encouraged them to play “against measure”. But it’s Hector Zazou who pushed the concept even further, with Reivax au Bongo: he recorded the album, and decided afterwards that it was the soundtrack for a photo-novel, which he and photographer Xavier Lambours then proceeded to shoot...

Music by artists featured in the Made To Measure series was used by filmmakers such as Jim Jarmusch, Bernardo Bertolucci, Tom Tykwer & Wim Wenders, and by choreographers Karine Saporta, Karole Armitage, Régine Chopinot, Maurice Béjart, Daniel Larrieu, Compagnie Castafiore and more.

Made To Measure was symbolically revived for a single release in 2006, Tuxedomoon's "Bardo Hotel Soundtrack".

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Here's the complete Made To Measure catalogue:

 AKSAK MABOUL/MINIMAL COMPACT/TUXEDOMOON/BENJAMIN LEW
Made To Measure Vol.1
MTM 1

HECTOR ZAZOU
Reivax au Bongo
MTM 2

BLAINE REININGER / MIKEL ROUSE
Colorado Suite / A Walk In The Woods
MTM 3+6

PETER PRINCIPLE
Sedimental Journey
MTM 4

HECTOR ZAZOU
Geographies
MTM 5

MIKEL ROUSE
A Walk In The Woods
MTM 6 (re-released with vol.3)

JOHN LURIE
Stranger Than Paradise
MTM 7 (deleted)

SUSSAN DEYHIM & RICHARD HOROWITZ
Desert Equations
MTM 8

MINIMAL COMPACT
Lowlands Flight
MTM 10

AKSAK MABOUL
Music for Yohji Yamamoto
MTM 11 (unreleased)

YASUAKI SHIMIZU
Music For Commercials
MTM 12 (deleted)

DANIEL SCHELL
If Windows They Have
MTM 13

JOHN LURIE
Down By Law
MTM 14 (deleted)

BENJAMIN LEW / STEVEN BROWN
Douzieme Journée: le Verbe, la Parure, l'Amour
MTM 15

BENJAMIN LEW / STEVEN BROWN
A Propos d'un Paysage
MTM 16

BENJAMIN LEW
Nebka
MTM 17

PETER PRINCIPLE
Tone Poems
MTM 18

BENJAMIN LEW / SAMY BIRNBACH
When God Was Famous
MTM 19

HECTOR ZAZOU
Geologies
MTM 20

FRED FRITH
The Top Of His Head
MTM 21

STEVEN BROWN/DELPHINE SEYRIG
De Doute et de Grâce
MTM22

ARTO LINDSAY & PETER SCHERER
Pretty Ugly
MTM 23

ZELWER
La Fiancée aux yeux de bois
MTM 24

GABOR KRISTOF
Le Cri du lézard
MTM 25

STEVE SHEHAN
Arrows
MTM 26

DANIEL SCHELL
Le Secret de Bwlch
MTM 27

KARL BISCUIT
Aktualismus
MTM 28

SEIGEN ONO
Nekonotopia Nekonomania
MTM 29

RAMUNTCHO MATTA
Domino One
MTM 30

DAVID CUNNINGHAM
Water
MTM 31 (deleted)

HECTOR ZAZOU feat. John Cale, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Gérard Depardieu, David Sylvian, Bill Laswell, Khaled etc
Sahara Blue
MTM 32

BRION GYSIN
Self-portrait Jumping
MTM 33

JOHN LURIE NATIONAL ORCHESTRA
Men With Sticks

MTM 34

BENJAMIN LEW
Le Parfum du raki
MTM 35

ZELWER
The Gods Are Angry/ Les Dieux sont fâchés
MTM 36

HAROLD BUDD / HECTOR ZAZOU
Glyph
MTM 37

TUXEDOMOON
Bardo Hotel Soundtrack
MTM 38

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Releases

MADE TO MEASURE - Clear Tears | Troubled Waters
MADE TO MEASURE
Clear Tears | Troubled Waters
mtm39
MADE TO MEASURE - Bardo Hotel Soundtrack
MADE TO MEASURE
Bardo Hotel Soundtrack
mtm38
MADE TO MEASURE - Glyph
MADE TO MEASURE
Glyph
mtm37
MADE TO MEASURE - Le Parfum du raki
MADE TO MEASURE
Le Parfum du raki
mtm35